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Vallecito-Lake is a picturesque four-season recreational lake located about 25 miles northeast of Durango. The lake is sheltered in a mountain valley 8,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by the San Juan National Forest near the Weminuche Wilderness area. It is one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in the state of Colorado. The Vallecito Lake area is filled with cabins and resorts, hotels and motels, RV parks, campgrounds, dude and guest ranches. Fishing is superb in Vallecito Lake for Rainbow Trout, German Brown and Cutthroat Trout, Northern Pike and Kokanee Salmon. You can enjoy a relaxing pontoon boat ride on the lake, or go sailing, canoeing or kayaking. Two full service marinas are located on Vallecito Lake. The area provides miles of cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails, and the Purgatory Ski Resort is just a short drive north of Durango. Other things to do include mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, scenic glider rides, jeep tours and so much more. Due to its' location near the Four Corners, Vallecito Lake is just a short drive to many major attractions, such as the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, the San Juan Skyway, natural hot springs pools and many Old West gold mining towns. The nearby town of Bayfield offers shopping and dining choices, and historic Durango has museums, art galleries and award winning restaurants and cafes.

Surrounding areas: Silverton, Colorado (10.6 mi), Telluride, Colorado (22.3 mi), Ouray, Colorado (23.6 mi), Mountain Village, Colorado (23.8 mi), Lake City, Colorado (25.9 mi), Rico, Colorado (27.1 mi), Ridgway, Colorado (33.8 mi)

Vallecito Lake Vacation Rentals

Vallecito Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
The Wyman Hotel & Inn1371 Greene StSilverton, CO10.6 mi.(800) 609-7845
Purgatory Village Hotel5 Skier PLDurango, CO15.8 mi.(800) 693-0175
Camel's Garden Hotel250 West San Juan AveTelluride, CO22.4 mi.(970) 728-9300
Ice House Lodge310 South Fir StTelluride, CO22.4 mi.(970) 728-6300
Inn At Lost CreekTelluride, CO22.4 mi.(970) 728-5678
New Sheridan Hotel231 W Colorado AveTelluride, CO22.4 mi.(970) 728-4351
The Peaks At Telluride136 Country CLB DrTelluride, CO22.4 mi.(970) 728-3165
Wyndham Lodge At The Peaks457 MTN VLG BlvdTelluride, CO22.4 mi.(970) 369-5000
Victorian Inn401 W PacificTelluride, CO22.5 mi.(970) 728-6601
Telluride Mountainside Inn333 S Davis StTelluride, CO22.6 mi.(888) 728-1950
ST Elmo Hotel Inc426 Main StOuray, CO23.5 mi.(970) 325-4951
Ouray Comfort Inn191 5TH AveOuray, CO23.6 mi.(970) 325-7203
Ouray Hotel303 6TH AveOuray, CO23.6 mi.(970) 325-0500
Rocky Top Lodge1450 N Hwy 149Lake City, CO25.9 mi.(970) 944-2780
Bed & Breakfast
Bear Creek Bed And Breakfast221 E Colorado AveTelluride, CO22.3 mi.(970) 728-6681

Vallecito Lake Weather & Climate

Southwest Colorado has a four-season alpine climate. This region is on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide at 7,200 feet above sea level. The combination of high desert plateau and Rocky Mountains to the north and east create an unusually mild climate. Temperatures here are much cooler in the summer than most of the surrounding southwestern United States. The area is also blessed with 300 days of sunshine per year. The climate of Colorado, in general, is difficult to describe because it varies so widely from place to place. The climate of any particular place in this region is profoundly affected by differences in elevation, and to a lesser degree, by the orientation of mountain ranges and valleys and wind direction. Wide variations occur within short distances.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F -4°F 1.60 in. -
February 34°F -1°F 1.79 in. -
March 38°F 7°F 2.35 in. -
April 44°F 16°F 1.64 in. -
May 55°F 26°F 1.86 in. -
June 66°F 31°F 1.27 in. -
July 71°F 37°F 2.74 in. -
August 68°F 37°F 3.08 in. -
September 62°F 30°F 2.72 in. -
October 53°F 20°F 2.33 in. -
November 40°F 7°F 1.93 in. -
December 32°F -2°F 1.86 in. -

Vallecito Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Durango La Plata County airport (DRO) located about 39 miles southwest of Vallecito Lake in Durango, Colorado, Stevens Field (2V1) located approximately 39 miles southeast of Vallecito Lake in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located roughly 59 miles northwest of Vallecito Lake in Montrose, Colorado, and finally the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located around 66 miles northeast of Vallecito Lake in Gunnison, Colorado.

Vallecito Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Family FunlandFarmingtonNM76.8 mi.
Ski Areas
TellurideTellurideCO22.4 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO34.8 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO86.3 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO106.6 mi.
AspenAspenCO110.3 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO110.3 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO110.3 mi.
TiehackAspenCO110.3 mi.
Fred Harman Art MuseumPagosa SpringsCO41.3 mi.(Art)

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